What’s the Most Popular Girl’s Name? This Video Tracks Their Evolution from 1880 to 2013

From Anna, to Jennifer and Isabella, the popularity of different girl names is always in flux. But what’s in a name? As this bubble chart animation illustrates, there’s a lot of cultural significance to how we name our girls. It tracks the changing favor of different names in America from all the way back in 1880 up to 2013. And while one name may hold the top position for a decade or two, parents are always swaying between following tradition and choosing something different or modern – eventually even the most popular names fall from the spotlight.

Kevin Peterson Paints Innocence in a Sometimes Difficult World

Children are so innocent when they are young, but as they grow up in the wild world, they discover the behaviors of the humans who have lived longer. It’s hard to hold on to that sweetness once possessed. Artist Kevin Peterson explores this contrast, painting the innocence of a young girl growing up in a broken world. On his large canvases, we see young girls in their pretty dresses against a harsh backdrop of concrete walls covered with graffiti and worn posters.

Girls Have Really Messy Rooms: Photos by Maya Fuhr

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Photographer Maya Fuhr was commissioned by VICE to embark on a photographic exploration. This trek was aimed to show us that female bedrooms are not all neat and tidy domiciles. With preconceived notions, humans believe the female species to be the cleanlier of the two. The photos Maya created will most certainly shock many, and garner nodding heads of approval from those who “understand” – all too well – the perils of a messy female room. These photos will squash any remnants of doubt that all females object to living under a mountain of filth. It will also show that some of their rooms more closely resemble discombobulated landfills than the pristine oasis retreats we’re duped into believing.

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Amazing New Toy Promotes Future Female Engineers

When you ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, the most common answer will be a princess. While more females than males are attending college in the US, the field of engineering is still largely dominated by males (89%). Seeing this disparity in her classes, Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made it her mission to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. She attributes much of this gap to the gender roles perpetuated through children’s toys. The girls’ aisle is filled with dolls and dress up clothes to train future housewives while boys’ are developing spatial skills through toys like K’nex, Legos, and Tinker Toys. While those companies have made pink versions of their toys, they fail to interest little girls because they lack reading, which, studies have shown, is preferred by little girls. Little girls need to develop spatial reasoning too so that they have all of the same opportunities as boys to shape our world in the future. This is why Sterling created Goldie Blox!

A Girl And Her Room: Girls’ Bedrooms Around the World

A teenage girl’s bedroom often reveals more about who she is and what’s important to her than a conversation with her. For a privileged girl in the United States, molding her living space is the ultimate form of self-expression. Not only do these bedrooms show the values of the girls that live in them, but they also disclose the values of the culture that she is a part of. Photographer Rania Matar captured the dichotomy between the living quarters of girls in United States and Lebanon.

Beauties of Yesteryear: The Brinkley Girls

What do Prudence Prim, Flossie, Gloriette, Dimples, Pretty Polly and Sunny Sue have in common? They’re all 1920′s illustrated heroines by artist Nell Brinkley. Brinkley’s artistic career, spanning the 1910s to the 1940s, largely involved her producing action-packed weekly illustrated serials for newspapers like The American Weekly. She also illustrated quite a few advertisements for hair wavers and bob curlers.